Enhance your recruitment strategy with employee referrals

Adopting a New ERP – Part 1

In a recent post, we discussed some of the potential pitfalls that might cause an employee referral program to fail. In this post, we aim to uncover a few of the factors that may affect how quickly and easily your management team gets on board with a renewed focus on employee referrals. Let’s start with three items that we believe to be some of the most important.

  1. ATS Integration

Integration into your organization’s current Applicant Tracking System (ATS) will be fundamental for a seamless and cost-efficient hiring process. No one wants to move data around between two or more platforms. More importantly, without a clean and simple integration, you risk running into several of the pitfalls discussed previously. Think about the amount of work it creates to have a stack of employee referrals, but no easy way to track progress, who referred them, or the incentives being offered. That is just creating extra work, and likely the beginning of the end for your ERP.

  1. Reporting & Analytics

If you’re launching or reviving an employee referral program, you’re going to want to know how well it is working. What’s the ROI? Is it more effective than what you’ve been doing in the past? This is not only helpful for tracking progress through the referral and hiring pipeline, but it is also very important when it comes to tracking and awarding all of the referral rewards your new system is sure to generate. Don’t get stuck investing lots of time and resources into something that you can’t evaluate with hard data.

  1. Easy to Use

Just like your employees need a quick and easy solution to make referrals, your HR and recruiting teams demand a solution that is easy and efficient for posting openings and distributing these opportunities to current employees. When evaluating or creating platforms it is important to consider time as a limited resource. If your employee referral software isn’t intuitive and mobile-friendly, you might be creating additional steps for your talent acquisition team. It would be wise to find ways to streamline the process and keep it as simple as possible. After all, you want them to use it, don’t you?

There is certainly more to consider when it comes to building an employee referral program that works for recruiters as well as it works for employees and applicants. For more information on employee referral best practices, head over to the Lingo website and join the conversation.

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